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accountability office. no money for defense, nothing for education, food, safety, veterans, the whole shebang. it's basically in your own personal economy like spending every cent you earn on your mortgage and nothing else. no food,clothes, no car, you get the picture, right. the 20-year prediction is even more mind blowing. the big four is set to consume $1.21 for every $1 that you pay in in taxes, which brings us back to the cliff, the fiscal cliff, and how lawmakers can fix this very expensive problem. terry savage is the nationally syndicated financial columnist for the "chicago sun-times." terry, it's good of you to join us today. i think my first question is, with most households we think, spend less, try to earn more and we'll fix our problem. and that's essentially what the fiscal cliff is, but it's just too much of these solutions that the fiscal cliff presents, how am i going to word that? it's too much austerity and it is too much tax increases at least, for the budget, or the for the economy to manage. so my question is, that was very wordy, how much is too much, how much is too late
arguments, one involves the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act which denies federal benefits to same sex spouses. the case was brought by 83-year-old edith windsor who was required to pay hundreds of thousands in estate taxes when her long-time partner died. an appeals court ruled that violated the constitution's equal protection clause. the supreme court will look into proposition 8. striking it down could have an immediate impact on gay spouses denied benefits. casey wayan introduces us to a california couple with a lot riding on the issue. >> reporter: november 1 was a big day. did you think four years later you would be fighting a legal battle for the rights that other married couples enjoy? >> on that particular day it wasn't on our minds. >> reporter: three days later californians voted to outlaw future marriages. their union is recognized by the state, but not by the federal government tracy served as a 12-year highly decorated army veteran. >> especially after the repeal of don't ask, don't tell, there are other veterans that are going to be facing this same issue. >>
to federal and state laws. one case involves the federal defense of marriage act, which denies federal benefits to same sex couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's prop 8, which took away the right of same sex marriage that had been previously approved by state courts. >>> florida governor charlie crist completed his political transformation. crist was elected governor as a republican in 2006, then later ran for the senate as an independent. he campaigned for president obama, and spoke at the democratic national convention. he's now officially a democrat and is widely expected to run for governor again in 2014. >>> south africa's beloved nelson mandela is getting tests in a hospital. the country's president says no cause for alarm there. he says the 94-year-old mandela is getting tests consistent with his age. the nobel laureate became his nation's first black president. >>> the fbi wants to talk to a man in custody in egypt. he's a well known islamic extremist. that's why egypt wanted him taken down. but american terrorist watchers think he
to be the strongest army in the arab world. >> more so than the israeli defense force? >> in the arab world. that was the toughest opposition. >> is this a name that i need to know? nusra front? the reason i say that is because there is this report that this is an extraordinarily small, but strong fighting force among the opposition members and they were born of al-qaeda. >> this is a fascinating story. what you're realizing is as the conflict in syria goes on, the most radical elements, the strongest tend to be islamic fundamentalists and to be jihadis and this group, small but tough, is affiliated with al-qaeda. to my mind, it makes the point that the administration has been trying to make throughout. we've got to be very careful before we start supporting various groups within syria who happen to be opposition to assad. if we find ourselves funding them or giving them weapons, a group like this, you could very easily imagine five, ten years later, the same weapons we sell them or give them would be used against us in a terrorist attack. >> it happened in afghanistan and it seems innocuou
defense of himself by trayvon martin against trayvon martin and the defense felt it was very important for the judge to look at that photograph and assess whether or not it made a difference in the innocence of, as the defense says, their client. the judge looked at the photograph but kept the rulings as we just talked about. >> you and me have more to talk about next go rornd around. that wraps it up for me. flat out of time. stay tuned. i'll pass the baton to suzanne malveaux. thanks for watching. "newsroom international" starts right now. >>> welcome to "newsroom international." i'm suzanne malveaux. we're take you around the world in 60 minutes. syria, rebels taken full control of a military base north of the key city aleppo. some rebels named by the u.s. state department terrorists. they designated a terrorist group linked to al qaeda in iraq. the department imposed sanctions. what does it mean to sort out good rebels from bad? nick paton walsh explains. >> reporter: not only look different, black flags, well armed and disciplined, they fight differently, too. using suic
, one regarding the defense of marriage act, or doma, involving couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's prop 8, which took away the rates of same-sex marriage that had been previously approved by state courts. >>> the top story this hour, a man considered the leader of a terrorist network, now in custody in egypt. this is why we're paying attention to this man. u.s. officials believe his group had something to do with the attack in libya that killed the american ambassador and three other u.s. citizens. our national correspondent, susan candiotti is live for us. you have been working your sources. what do we know about this terror suspect and the group he leads? >> well, let's talk about him. the investigators have had this man on the radar for some time. and now he is being called a possible suspect in the benghazi attacks. muhammad ahmad was arrested, in custody while the investigation goes on. u.s. authorities believe he been involved in the september terror hit that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans, according t
on the defense sector alone, you're looking at $55 billion in cuts just to the defense budget. you have to look at the ancillary part of this. you look at real estate holdings, homes that are have a close proximity to defense. >> final question for you, todd, a major confusion going on here, it's about this so-called $250,000 there are hold for house holds, does this mean that all of the first $250,000 that you make is taxed at a higher rate, or just the money above $250,000? >> it's actually your taxable income. according to irs data, you will actually see that people that are earning $250,000 actually are itemizing up to $20,000. so in other words it's your net amount after those tax deductions, once you start getting into more tax deductions, once you're earning more, you actually expect that the number will go higher than 250,000 dlrks, some exists are predicting the number is going to be upwards of $300,000. so if you're making up to 300,000 and below, there's a good chance none of these taxes are going to impact you. >>> a popular mexican-american singer is missing, she just performed at
discriminate against. i can't treat you differently because you're a man versus a woman. well, this defense of marriage act is exactly what the defense of marriage act does. it denies same-sex marriage couples the rights for tax benefits, federal health benefits and the like. so if you're married to a man, you dent get the same right ifs you're a woman married to a man. that is gender discrimination, in my view, not sexual preference. >> and you've argued in front of the supreme court. >> i have. >> you said in 1990? >> 1990. >> nerve-racking? >> very nerve-racking. these issues are very important. the justices are very prepared. they're very intelligent. and there's a lot at stake. so this is going to be a very interesting argument. now we can actually listen to them online. >> having argued in front of the supreme court, how do you think they're going to rule? >> well, i think we have a fairly conservative court. but it's kind of divided 50/50. it's going to be a very close call. however, looking at the case precedent in the past and looking at what i think they have to do with this law,
the president, secretary of defense panetta, and others focusing on what happens if assad uses the weapons. >> see, these lines become sort of pink lines. you know, they're not drawn with, you know, a fine pencil. and they move around a little. >> reporter: military options for striking syria spell out the case for why an attack might be called for. u.s. officials say there are multiple reports, more than just satellite imagery, confirming the aerial bombs. the regime is getting more desperate in recent days as fighting has raged around damascus leading to worries al asad could order a deadly strike that could kill thousands. and unlike iraq before the u.s. war, syria's chemical weapons program is openly acknowledged by that government. >> these weapons are meant to be used only and strictly in the event of external aggression against the syrian republic. >> reporter: but the president will also be warned of the risks. civilians could be killed by a deadly release of gas if the sarin isn't all destroyed. syrian air defenses could bring down u.s. pilots if fighter jets are used. the regime
that is are aware, are very quick to point out that at this point they have absolutely no defense whatsoever against that type of weaponry. ever since this conflict began, the civilian population has been incapable of protecting itself against bullets and bombs. there most certainly is no defense whatsoever should the regime decide to deploy chemical weapons. >> are they afraid of that possibility? do they talk about that, the possibility of their own government turning on them like that and unleashing these type of weapons? >> they most certainly do, suzanne. especially obviously the conversation amongst those that are aware of it. they do feel that this is a regime that has absolutely no mercy whatsoever, and the greater the tranglehold on regime forces grows, the greater the likelihood that the assad government could, in fact, choose to take this kind of drastic measure against its own population. people have no doubt in their minds about the lengths to which this government -- the assad government will go to stay in power. one rebel commander, we were speaking to yesterday, was saying if you loo
the defense of marriage act is constitutional, they are also going to decide whether proposition 8 in california, that case, whether the ban on same sex marriage there is unconstitutional. and that could affect all 50 states. so there is at least the potential that by the end of june, all 50 states will be ordered to have same sex marriage. there is a long way between here and there, but that is now a possibility. >> what is so interesting about this, this is not just about the marriage issue, so much as it is an equal protection issue because so many people have been denied benefits under federal law. >> that's the defense of marriage act case. what the defense of marriage act case, what the law says, passed in 1996, signed into law by president clinton, that law says that the federal government will not recognize same sex marriages, even in the states where it's legal. so if you are a married couple, same sex couple in massachusetts, you can't file a joint tax return, can't inherit tax free the way heterosexual married couples can. the obama administration says, agrees that law i
warned embattled president bashar al assad against such action, defense secretary leon panetta says syria may be backing away from the threat. here is what pa net ta said early this morning on a flight to kuwait city. >> we haven't seen anything new indicating any aggressive steps to move forward in that way, but we continue to monitor it very closely and we continue to make clear to them that they should not under any means make use of these chemical weapons against their own population. >> and here's an example of how just murky the divisions are in syria, later today washington will declare one of the group of rebels a foreign terrorist organization. according to federal documents the group is merely another alias or al qaeda in iraq. >>> this morning we know the name of the navy s.e.a.l. killed during a raid to rescue a kidnapped american doctor in afghanistan. the s.e.a.l. is identified as petty officer first class nicolas checque. barbara starr joins us from the pentagon with more on petty officer checque, a member of s.e.a.l. team six, the same elite unit that of course took out os
the announcement about that today. there are no fewer than ten cases arising from the federal defense marriage act. california's proposition 8. they made their way to the high court's doorstep. at least one -- at least one, is kind of likely to get on the docket. sooner rather than later. while we wait, the best person to talk about that is cnn's senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin who literally wrote the book, or a couple of them, on the supreme court. i was talking to you last friday. i was talking to you monday. you are back for another friday. are they going to make me wait again for another day? are or are we going to get something today? >> those that know don't tell and those that tell don't know. that's the rule with the supreme court. it seems likely we will hear if not today then very soon. also, we should hear that they are going to take the case. remember, two federal appeals courts have now declared the -- >> when you say the case -- >> the defense of marriage act. proposition 8 is a very separate matter. when a federal appeals court declares an act of congress unconstitutional the su
the context of what turkey asked nato for, the patriot missile defense system, you have nato member countries who are now essentially saying through their partly i wants, yes, we are going to help you militarily defend yourself. the big question, however, is are other countries bringing up the possible threat of chemical weapons coming from syria as a way of laying the ground work for another kind of not intervention, but a assistance to rebel groups. you have a lot of strategic talk that's being publicly sort of expressed out there that could be laying the ground work for strategic help for rebel groups. also for russia and iran and china and other countries that support the assad regime to perhaps distance themselves a little bit from the syrian president. we have all those reasons that are coming -- that are like the pieces of the puzzle. you make it out. is the threat of chemical weapons being used against the syrians an imminent threat? you have a lot of opinions out there that that's not the case right now. >> good balanced approach. we like that. a lot of people just kind of beating th
defense secretary leon panetta says the most recent intelligence raises, his words, serious concerns. >> the whole world is watching. the whole world is watching very closely and the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences, there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. >> earlier today, leon panetta. we'll have a report from the pentagon on syria in a moment. >>> first, shock waves in washington. a powerful republican senator suddenly calling it quits. south carolina senator jim demint will step down december 31st to lead the heritage foundation. it's a powerful conservative think tank in washington. demint says he can be more effective outside the senate. >> a lot of my role in the senate has been stopping bad things and saying no to bad things. but we need to do more than that and tell americans what we're for. one of the mistakes i think the republican party made the last two years is trying to make obama the issue without sharing with america bold reform ideas
work directly for the defense department and it's contractors. the defense industry is facing $125 billion of direct -- in addition several key tax ben fis are scheduled to expire at the end of the year that will have a direct impact on the pocket books of many americans. take a couple with one child in new york earning $100,000. their tax rate jumps from 25% to 28%. they could be hit by the alternative minimum tax. the child tax credit drops from $1,000 to $500 and payroll taxes could be $2,000 more next year. for a single 25-year-old in michigan who works full-time earning $30,000 a year going to school part-time, his tax rate would stay the same at 15%. but he would lose the american education tax credit and have to pay more than $600 in payroll taxes. and even though it's weeks before the changes would take effect the impact is already being felt because of uncertainty. 401(k) plans are taking a hit. companies are putting freezes on hiring. and the retail sector which makes most of its money in the final weeks of the year. black friday is over and people are just hoping it does
. the rocket was not carrying a warhead, north korea claims it launched a science satellite. the defense secretary leon panetta talked to erin burnett and said the u.s. is evaluating whether the rocket launch was a success. he said this, quote, we have no idea. we're still assessing exactly what happened to determine whether or not it really was a success. eight months ago, north korea totally flubbed a launch attempt, rocket broke apart after 90 seconds and fizzled into the ocean. jim clancy, cnn international here. talk to me, i guess, first, the fact that this was a surprise. how did north korea get this past the u.s.? >> well, it didn't really get past the u.s. it said it had a few problems, was going to delay the launch and then suddenly on calendar, e for many, and kim jong-il got very lucky. the three latest attempts had all failed. and this one appears, appears to be a success. something is in orbit. >> we know the rocket range is something like 5,000, 6,000 kilometers. what does the distance tell you? >> well, it is technology. it is a three stage rocket. that's what is signific
a great deal of concern, obviously, but also some defense from the radio station that employs them, saying that even though it's investigating what exactly happened, it doesn't think its staff actually violated any laws and that too much emphasis has been put on the prank call and not enough emphasis on other factors that may have contributed to the apparent suicide of this nurse. >> matthew chance for us this morning in london. >>> in washington all eyes on the fiscal cliff, now just 22 days away. with the white house and republican leaders at a stalemate, president obama is hitting the road to rally support for his plan, which would raise taxes for the wealthiest americans. he met yesterday with house speaker john boehner, their first face to face meeting in more than three weeks. today the president will visit a detroit engine factory to rally support from auto workers. the president's meeting with speaker boehner didn't yield a big breakthrough, but the men did manage to agree on one thing, and that is that they will keep their negotiations behind closed doors. the men released this id
reporter joe carter is here to talk about all of this. what did he say in his own defense? >> i found several fire bob costas facebook pages with lots of likes. he went on the shows yesterday morning and defended himself and said that he did admit he made a mistake, that he used wrong forum to take on such a heavy-handed topic, that he should have listened to his own rule which is when you take on a topic as politically charged as gun control, leave yourself enough time to fully flush out that topic. and as we know in television, you only have so much time to talk about a certain topic. he had only about 90 seconds to discuss that topic. he broke his own broadcasting rule in taking on that topic in that forum. he also said he doesn't disagree with the second amendment, he believes people should have the right to bear arms but he believes we should change the gun culture in your country, like grabbing your keys, grabbing your wallet, grabbing your gun before you leave the house is how the culture needs to change. and the amount of people who want him to be fired for what he said sunday
defense secretary to replace leon panetta. it's a list that includes michelle flornoy. and former nebraska senator, chuck hagel, a republican, could represent a teach across the aisle. >> we are in a stronger position today as a country than we were in '08. >> reporter: treasury secretary tim geithner said he will stay at his post at least until inauguration. and the chief of staff is often named as a potential replacement. a poll asked if he thought president obama would pick good cabinet members. 58% said they thought he would. 42% said he would not. emily schmidt, cnn, washington. >> the u.s. military wants its people to be invisible, literally. and somebody will pocket a lot of money if they can come up with the camouflage of the future. and we're not talking about leaves and sticks here, and chris lawrence reports on one scientists that can make soldiers disappear. >> reporter: camouflage could mean the difference between a soldier getting shot and going home. so a lot is riding on the next generation designed to outfit troops. it's only been eight years since the army spent $5 billio
state borders you would not be able it to enjoy. >> absolutely. until the defensive marriage act is repealed, we still have lots of fences up. >> we have high hopes. >> what do you make of the fact that the supreme court is now getting involved? they say they're going to take on this issue as part of the docket. >> well, we were hoping that proposition 8 would have been refused by the high court and then turned back to the circuit court, because then it would have been reinstated or i should say, you know, marriage would be possible in california. but they're going to hear it, and that's probably a good thing, too. but the defense of marriage act is under review, will be under review by the high court. what we heard yesterday is probably not until march. at least they have agreed to hear it. that's hopeful. >> all right. 35 years together and married. congratulations. we appreciate your time. >>> some critics say the environmental protection agency should go away. we talk to the head lisa jackson. that interview is up next. >> we should regulate smartly and shouldn't be on pressi
a disaster, the mandatory spending cuts and domestic spending and defense spending, the mandatory increases across the board taxes from everyone if we go over that fiscal cliff, you got to compromise. there's nothing wrong with compromise. to some liberals on the far left, conservatives on the far right, compromise is a dirty word. you should never compromise with the other side. they hate that. they rather go over the fiscal cliff but the overwhelming majority of americans totally disagree with those hard line positions on the extreme left and the extreme right. they want to compromise and they want a deal and they want the president and john boehner, the republican leadership and democratic leadership to come up with something that avoids going over the fiscal cliff. i think that's what that poll shows. >> let me change topics for a bit. news broke just before the program that republican senator jim demint is leaving. he decided to take over the heritage foundation. i have a question for you in that was this expected? he's a staunch conservative and opponent to craving into democrats and
with a former senior adviser here at the department of defense who says iran has been kicking around for quite some time. >> there are rumors and stories that iran has placed some of its people in gung yang and that they're helping out at the test site. there was this rumor or belief before back in april, as a matter of fact. and it's certainly reasonable. there has been some detection of travel back and forth by engineers from iran in the past and north korean engineers to iran as well. >> reporter: so the worry isn't so much that it will just be contained with north korea but that these advances in technology could spread to other nations as well. >> and what about the timing of all of this, chris? i'm doing the math here. we're five days before the one-year anniversary of the death of his father, we're four days before parliamentary elections in japan and also before the december 19 presidential elections in south korea. is there a coincidence here or was this strategic? >> reporter: probably not. it's always tough to guess the true intentions of the north koreans, it being such an isolated
. one case involved the federal defense of marriage act which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's proposition 8 which took away the right of same-sex marriage that had previously been approved by the courts. we should get a ruling by next summer. the two men who will argue on behalf of proposition 8 are an unlikely duo as cnn's gloria borger tells us. the story plays out like a hollywood script complete with a haollywood director. >> reporter: it's a script that could have been written in hollywood. the opening shot, a lunch in the polo lounge at the bever h erlys hotel. and it starts where you might expect, with a hollywood heavy hter, director and writer rob reiner. >> this is after proposition 8 went the wrong way for us. >> the lunch took place in november 2008, a week after the election. obama won the white house. but gays and lesbians lost the right to marry in california. >> we're trying to figure out what we do next. then we thought about the idea of a possible legal challenge to propo
soaring into space. the north american air defense space said it put an object into orbit. north korea says it's a scientific satellite, but the u.s. believes the launch is a cover for testing ballistic missile technology. a senior administration official says the u.s. will wush for a u.n. security council resolution condemning the loss as well as possible sanctions. members began meeting behind closed doors about an hour ago. joining us is former new mexico governor bill richardson. gooz to see you. you're a former u.n. ambassador to the. does it concern you? >> it does concern me. my hope was that the new leader in north korea, kim jong-un, would pick a different path than his father, that he would be more moderate. i think still there's possibilities of dialogue. i'm not sure when. i think he did this for domestic reasons. the last missile launch failed. he only has one year in leadership. he wants to show his people that despite their economic problems, they have military and missile technolo technology, that they're a major power in space, militarilmilita buttress themselves with
, a defense official says no u.s. navy drone is missing. >>> we're about to take you live to cairo. that is where riot police are bracing now for another night of violent street fighting, tear gas all over the city today. this week crowds of egyptians have now stormed the presidential palace, breaking through fences, fighting with security forces, trying to keep them back. now, the protesters, they are furious about several things. first of all, all concerning president mohammed morsi and this growing perception that he is making himself too powerful. cnn's reza sayah is in cairo. >> opposition factions back protesting against mohammed morrissey for nearly two weeks. most of the protests have been limited to tahrir square, but they're now going to the source of their anger, president morrissey, and his presidential palace. >> why come here? >> because it's -- we got fed up. >> he doesn't respect us. he don't want to listen to our demands. >> reporter: what's your message to him by coming out here? >> that what he is doing is completely unfair. this is not what we asked for. it's co
detention home. criminal defense attorney anne bremner joins me. this is one of those stories where we're talking abo it this morning and everybody's jaw is on the floor, the affiliate here in portland, k2, they had a loaded handgun, ran from police, were handed over to their parents. i know they're i want to say itty-bitty but apparently not so much, can you not charge them? >> it is an astonishing story. my jaw is dropping right here. you think, portland? these kids? the gun and the bullets and everything else. but they can't -- they're too young. they're so young, it is an astonishing story, but too young to charge. because they don't have the capacity to commit a crime. they don't have the requisite knowledge about their criminality, potential crimin criminality to commit a crime. so they don't go to juvie. they go to their parents. where are they going next? who knows. >> they go home to their parents, you hope their parents punish them. there is no recourse? >> that's right. at least in the criminal laws. now, under the civil laws, the parents can be potentially held liable for t
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